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1/32 Revell P-38 Lightning by Thanos Mentzelopoulos
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Thanos Mentzelopoulos, presents a very nice diorama of a derelict P-38L Lightning in 1/32. Nice job!

"1/32 Revell P-38 Lightning"

By "Thanos Mentzelopoulos"

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Yet another old Revell kit! This time though, it was kinda awful... the parts just couldn't come together, so I decided to destroy it - in a good sense of course! That's why some parts of the model are covered with tissue representing wax cloth used for protection or maintenance; however, some other parts are missing in order to give the sense of a heavily cannibalised P-38. Moreover the details in and around the engine bays were scratchbuilt using mainly copper wire and plastic card. The machine guns along with their ammunition boxes have been detached from their bays so as to be used on another plane. The same happened to the right hand engine, while the other one lies in its bay destroyed and with its panels open. The seat as well as some other instruments have been removed from the cockpit as this particular bird must have been an easy prey for souvenir hunters!

The kit was painted with Humbrol enamels paints and was very heavily weathered, since it represents an example resting in peace in some european junkyard after the war. Numerous washes with thinned black, grey and several shades of brown enamels and oil paints not only helped bring out the details, but also gave the impression of corrosion and rust. Then the model was heavily dry-brushed with enamels and finally given numerous coats of pastel chalks and other pigments.

The little base was made of real soil blended with white glue. Some tiny stones and pebbles from the garden were positioned on the base while the white glue was still fresh. I also added some spare parts from other 1/32 (i.e. propellers, panels, ammunition boxes) or 1/35 kits (i.e. barrels, wooden boxes).


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I hope you like my little P-38 diorama!


Thanos

 

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